Read Proverbs Chapter 2
Have you ever played a sport without the necessary protection and you ended up getting hurt? Yes, I’ve been there.
I remember playing soccer when I was young and forgot to bring my shin guards. I must confess, I didn’t forget. I just didn’t feel like taking the extra step to put them on after I had already put my socks and shoes on. Boy, was that a mistake. You see, shin guards are worn to protect you from injury. It just so happens that on that day when I decided to be lazy, I got injured.
All I wanted was to play the game and have fun with my friends. My priorities were out of place. I made the wrong decision to not use the protection I needed. My laziness was directly tied to why I got hurt.
In chapter 2 of Proverbs, we see Solomon talking to “his son” about the value of wisdom. What he shares is incredibly important. Lean in.
Proverbs 2:6-8 says,
“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding…He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.”
God grants wisdom for us to wear for protection. Wisdom helps keep us out of dangerous and potentially harmful situations. God’s wisdom helps protect us. It’s like a light shining in the dark. Wisdom illuminates where to look for potential wreckage and anything that could trip us and cause us to fall or get injured. His wisdom is like a great pair of shin guards ready to protect us. He helps us block out shame, self-doubt and even bad choices that can plague our lives if we let them.
But having the shin guards isn’t enough. You have to wear them.
To make sense of how God’s wisdom protects us, we must put into action what we learn about wisdom. We have to welcome it into our everyday lives. It’s not easy. It takes work – through prayer, reading of His Word, patience, listening to know how to apply this wisdom Solomon shares with us.
So today, as you read Proverbs 2, keep the image of shin guard protection in mind and ask these two questions: How is God protecting you with His wisdom today? How are you applying such wisdom into your everyday life?